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Computer Checklist

The following is a list of basic computer hardware and software minimum requirements needed to successfully take courses online. Please check the syllabus of individual courses for additional computer hardware and software requirements.

PC Platform:

Macintosh Platform:

Additional Requirements

  • Bandwidth: 256 Kbps (512 Kbps recommended) for participants, meeting attendees, and end users of Adobe Connect applications.
  • Connection: DSL/cable (wired connection recommended) for Adobe Connect presenters, administrators, trainers, and event and meeting hosts.
  • Connect: Adobe Connect users can test their computer readiness here for their Connect sessions.
  • Collaborate: For Collaborate sessions you will need to install Java for every session. Complete system requirements for Collaborate can be found here. First time Collaborate users can check their system readiness on Blackboard Support website.
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  • Adobe Connect Meetings: Host, present, and participate in a Adobe Connect meeting on any mobile device, including iPhone, iPad, Google Android, and BlackBerry PlayBook. To download Adobe Connect Mobile App for your mobile device and list of Adobe Connect features supported by the app visit Adobe Connect website.
  • Online Courses: To access an online course on iPad download Adobe Presenter Mobile app at Apple iTunes website. For the best experience in taking an online course Puffin browser is highly recommended. To download Puffin browser for your mobile device click here.
  • Blackboard Collaborate: To participate in a Blackboard Collaborate session you can download the free iOS app at App Store. For your Android device the App can be downloaded at Google Play. You can also connect directly from NIU Mobile App. Blackboard Collaborate Mobile is available on Amazon Kindle Fire, Blackberry App World and Palm OS.

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